Are you ready for Christmas? I know it's early but I like to get a good start on it because I have to budget what I spend and if I don't, well, let's just say Christmas would not be happening at my house if I didn't.
Which is why I was so excited to get one of Mike's presents taken care of recently, thanks to Ornaments and More for letting me review an ornament and I had the one above done for Mike. You see, we exchange ornaments every year so that we have another year to add to the tree. I started that back when my granddaughter was born and so she has one for every year of her life and I will continue to do so until I am gone.
I thought that is one way hopefully, that everyone will remember me, at least at Christmas anyway, when they take out their ornaments. I usually have their name and the year personalized on it just like the one above for Mike. Everyone in the family will get one. What traditions have you started?
Gosh, you should see all the ornaments and other things that you can get personalized at Ornaments and More! I had a hard time choosing because there were so many but then I narrowed it down to the fact that we both love Santas and Snowmen and I got him one last year that had Santa, so this year it's Snowmen.
For instance, see this one that signifies how long you have been together? I don't have this exact one, but I also get us a special ornament with both of your names and the year just like the one above. As you can tell, I am not going quietly into the night. By goodness, someone is going to remember me!
My granddaughter normally gets an ornament that had something to do with her life as she was growing up, like softball, singing, etc. but once she got out of high school, it got harder to figure out what she was into. So, on those years when I am not sure, I get Angels and have her name and year put on it.
I really do put a lot of thought into my ornaments. I don't just pick any old one. I try to match them up to the person and their personality or something that they like to do. That is why I love Ornaments and More so much. You can find just about anything for anybody there.
Now, if you have larger families, then don't worry. You can find multiple ornaments for your whole family if you choose to do it that way every year. Maybe you like to do one family one and then individual ones for each person. They have plenty of those to choose from also.
One last thing that I do also is when we are travelling, I will find a touristy shop, there is one in every tourist town, and buy an ornament from that state. It has to say what state or city it is and the year. We have one tree that is designated our travel tree because it is plum full! Back before I got sick in 2004, we travelled a lot, especially out west to all the history making area's and so we got ornaments from each city, which is a lot when you are talking big states like Colorado who have a lot of tourist towns! We do have some from our capital, Washington, D.C., not this one above but they are beautiful.
So, as you can see, I am a BIG fan of ornaments. They tell a story and it's fond memories of trips taken and tales from the past year. I may not have done much in this life, but at least, I hope, that long after I am gone, everyone will treasure those ornaments that I searched and searched for each and every one of them and put a lot of heart & soul into them.
Here is a little bit about Ornaments and More:
In 1993, Ellen, the founder of this site, opened a kiosk at The Mall in Columbia which is located in Columbia, Maryland under the name Ornaments and More selling personalized ornaments. It back the first kiosk of its kind in the US! Yes, Ellen was the innovator of the concept of selling hand personalized Christmas ornaments from a kiosk.
She and licensees, at various times during the past 20 years, have operated Ornaments and More kiosks in:
Annapolis Mall in Annapolis, Maryland; The Mall in Columbia in Columbia, Maryland; White Marsh Mall, Baltimore, Maryland; Towson Town Center in Towson, Maryland; Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland; Tysons Corner Center, McLean, Virginia; Madison Square Mall in Huntsville, Alabama; Parkway Place Mall in Huntsville, Alabama; and The Mall at Wellington Green, Wellington, Florida.
In years past, we have seen how parents, grandparents, aunts, godparents, etc. have enjoyed selecting ornaments each Christmas season to commemorate what different family members have done over the course of that particular year. Some customers choose to use the personalized Christmas tree decorations as place cards at the Thanksgiving dinner table; while others tie them onto a Christmas gift package as part of a family tradition.
The idea is that their Christmas tree tells the wonderful story of the family’s life. Many customers have expressed to us that it would be hard to part with such cherished ornaments; however, they intend on passing these hand personalized ornaments down to their children when they eventually leave home. Thus they are reminding their children of the exciting traditions celebrated during the holidays each time the unique ornaments display during the holidays.Wow, I wonder if while the last two times that I was in Annapolis, Maryland, if that is where I bought my souvenir ornaments? I have been there twice because it is the most awesome town! You really need to go if you ever get the chance. It is dog friendly and they put out bowls of water at each shop for the dogs in the summer so that they don't get dehydrated. You are allowed to eat outside with your dog, too! And the hotels welcome dogs, too! We love going and visiting the Naval Academy and eating seafood and taking boat trips.
They are having an awesome sale right now! Just click on the banner below to go and check out the Clearance Sale!
Anyway, I hope that you take some time and go look around at all the awesome ornaments that you can personalize for anyone in your family or friends, even teachers, nurses, doctors, lawyers, etc. You will be able to find the perfect one to fit whoever it is that you are getting it for and they will love it!
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